Lean Leadership Podcast

Chris Burnham

A weekly thirty-minute podcast featuring compelling stories from leaders and authors in the Lean, Six Sigma, and Continuous Improvement field like Mark Graban, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Karen Martin, and Andy Carlino. Learn What do they consider their biggest setback or challenge in their lean journey? (Hint: They are just like you, and they got through what is holding you back.) What do they consider their a-ha or success moment in their career? What tools and resources do they use to achieve success? What advice do they give to the individual just starting out on their Lean journey? What advice do they give the experienced professional to help them achieve next-level success?

Episode 066: Deondra Wardelle - Being Authentic: Alignment, Communication, Great Questions, and Humility
Nov 24 2021
Episode 066: Deondra Wardelle - Being Authentic: Alignment, Communication, Great Questions, and Humility
Today’s guest is Deondra Wardelle.   A visionary leader, entrepreneur, coach, and speaker, Deondra R. Wardelle specializes in empowering individuals and corporate groups through strategic visioning to achieve goals and sustain transformative change.    Deondra launched On To the Next One Consulting, LLC, to serve as a strategic partner, cultural change agent, and operational expert for clients. She works alongside business partners to assess, prioritize and address operational challenges. Her services range from facilitating strategy and alignment workshops to coaching leaders on diversity, equity, and inclusion principles; educating teams on the tenets of Lean and the Toyota Way, and creating affinity and employee resource groups - all designed to help partners meet short and long-term business goals.    Deondra’s vision is to help organizations, groups, and individuals overcome obstacles and achieve their grandest visions and goals – one step at a time. This includes her current passion project the #RootCauseRacism movement, a global initiative to end systemic racism and advance social justice.   Connect with Deondra on: LinkedIn Twitter Instagram Facebook YouTube   Learn more about #RootCauseRacism Upcoming Events: ReSourced Retreat with Amy Mervak and Dorsey Sherman: Registration link:   Brochure and event details link:   February #RootCauseRacism™ Workshops & Webinars: message me at info@deondrawardelle.com or via LinkedIn to be added to the distribution list   Lean Frontiers KataCon 8:   Lean Frontiers – Lean Coaching Summit:
Episode 063: Jeff Kaas - The Power of Principle Based Thinking With Humility
Oct 27 2021
Episode 063: Jeff Kaas - The Power of Principle Based Thinking With Humility
Today’s guest is Jeff Kaas I’ve had several guests of the podcast encourage me that I needed to speak to our guest today. When I reached out to Jeff about being on the podcast, he emailed me back and said, “Let’s chat first, I want to get to know you.”  We ended up having one of the coolest conversations that I’ve had in my lean journey.  I wish that I had pressed record and had that conversation to share but I’m really pleased to share our scheduled interview because Jeff is a leader that just leads in a different way and is one of the most humble company Presidents that I have ever met. Jeff is President of Kaas Tailored a company that focuses on upholstery solutions and design services and also now produces PPE in Mukilteo, Washington. In the mid 90’s they were offered to learn Lean from an airplane manufacturer in Washington.  That led them to take one of the first of several learning trips to Japan that transformed the way Kass Tailored approach their people and work in their company and how they teach other companies to do the same.   Now several decades later they are doing incredible work and have a team that is “committed to creating a culture of continuous improvement so that our workplace can be one of joy and learning.”    Here’s our guest Jeff Kaas. Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn Jeff’s Company: Kaas Tailored and Kaas Academy Learn more and virtual experiences that Jeff’s company offers
Episode 062: Jamie Flinchbaugh - People Solve Problems
Oct 20 2021
Episode 062: Jamie Flinchbaugh - People Solve Problems
Today we are going to do something different.   Today’s guest is Jamie Flinchbaugh.  Jamie was the second guest on The Lean Leadership Podcast. You probably know Jamie from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean or some of the other publications that he has written in from time to time. He is also the co-host of Lean Whiskey Podcast with Mark Graban.   Jamie has helped purpose-driven leaders craft effective, resilient organizations at over 300 companies, leveraging more than 30-years of experience and helping build over 20 companies. Jamie has helped leaders across a wide spectrum of industries including healthcare, utilities, technology, consumer products, and professional services, including Harley-Davidson, Intel, Mars, Amazon, Crayola, Fidelity, Whirlpool, among many others.   Jamie is the type of person in our industry who exhibits great lean principles and the type of leadership that I try to emulate in my work every day.  He is someone who has often offered valuable advice to me in my lean journey.  If you would like to hear Jamie’s story about his lean journey and his setbacks and successes you can check out Episode 2 of the podcast.   Today we are going to talk about Jamie’s soon-to-be-released book People Solve Problems: The Power of Every Person, Every Day, Every Problem.  Jamie was generous to share with me an advanced copy and today we talk about the book, the process around why he wrote this book, and some of the lessons and reflections from authoring his second book.  I think when you hear our conversation you will understand that this isn’t just another book about lean.   Here’s our guest Jamie Flinchbaugh.   Get your copy of People Solve Problems: The Power of Every Person, Every Day, Every Problem Connect with Jamie on LinkedIn Jamie’s Company: JFlinch Previous Podcast Episodes with Jamie:  Episode 002: Jamie Flinchbaugh: Lean Is About Thinking and Behaviors Episode 023: Forum on Lean Leadership with Sam MacPherson, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Tracey Richardson, & Ernie Richardson
Episode 057 : Julie Simmons - The Importance of Being a Kata Learner Before Becoming a Coach
Sep 15 2021
Episode 057 : Julie Simmons - The Importance of Being a Kata Learner Before Becoming a Coach
Today’s guest is Julie Simmons, I’m really excited about our guest today.  I was lucky enough to interview both Tracy Defoe in episode 53 and Gemma Jones in episode 54 and they talked about Kata Girl Geeks, which if you haven’t checked it out yet, is an awesome community of women who are growing and learning together.  Both Tracy and Gemma both suggested that I reach out and talk to our guest today Julie Simmons and I’m glad I did. Aside from recently being voted volunteer of the year for 2021 for Kata Girl Geeks, Julie currently works with her husband Scott as part of the Scott Wade Simmons & Associates, LLC providing leadership coaching and training in Strategy Development and Deployment, Leadership Development, and the Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata. Julie’s passion is helping others develop their skills, capabilities, and confidence to solve complex challenges in their organizations using scientific thinking. Julie has had the honor to be a frequent speaker and presenter at KataCon. Folks in the Portland, Oregon & Vancouver, Washington area are familiar with Julie’s 15 years of leadership at the Northwest High-Performance Enterprise Consortium. Prior to that, she worked for The Boeing Company for 14 years in various roles including her work as a manufacturing process analyst where she became a Certified Accelerated Improvement workshop leader and supported several Shingajitsu led kaizen events. Julie’s passion for helping others really shows through.  I am sure you will enjoy this conversation as much as I did.  Here’s our guest today, Julie Simmons.   Links: Connect with Julie on LinkedIn Connect with Julie and Scott’s Company CSquaredV Connect with Kata Girl Geeks
Episode 055 : Paul Critchley - With Lean If You Don't Quit, You Don't Fail
Sep 1 2021
Episode 055 : Paul Critchley - With Lean If You Don't Quit, You Don't Fail
Today’s guest is Paul Critchley, Paul Critchley is a recognized thought leader on employee engagement and continuous improvement and has helped businesses around the world achieve greater levels of success through the application of Lean techniques. A frequent speaker, he has keynoted at numerous corporate events, as well as at international conventions such as AME’s annual Lean conference and at OpEx Week. He’s also the host of “The New England Lean Podcast”, a weekly show that features management thought leaders, TED speakers, world-renowned authors, and university professors. Paul is also a regular writer and contributor to publications such as Industry Week and Quality Magazines. Paul is a former Board Member of the Northeast Region of AME, holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.S. degree in Management, and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership. He is a proud supporter of CT’s “Skill up for Manufacturing” program. He is passionate about Lean and creating organizational cultures that are sustainably engaged.  He co-authored his first book - The Whole Professional, A Collection of Essays to Help You Achieve a Full and Satisfying Life to bring a fresh perspective on Work/Life Balance and how individuals and organizations can work together to achieve greater levels of attainment.   Links: Connect with Paul on LinkedIn Connect with Paul on Twitter Paul’s Company New England Consulting Paul’s Podcast The New England Lean Podcast   Book recommendation: Quest For The Dawn - Shoji Kimoto